Beyond Suffering Level 2: Unconditional Self Love, Mindfulness, Meditation & Qi Gong Retreat

Blake D. Bauer

January 28–30, 2022

Tuition $425 + 2 nights

This retreat is for those who would like to go deeper into the practical application and embodiment of unconditional self-love. It will offer a safe space to go deeper into the practice of thinking, speaking, and acting with loving-kindness and self-worth in every moment. This follow-up retreat arose naturally out of strong demand from participants to reconnect with like-minded people and the teachings from the first intimate weekend together.

If you have attended any retreat with Blake in the past, you are welcome to join Beyond Suffering Level 2.

During level 2 participants will:

  • Check in on the learning, healing, and challenges that arose following level I.
  • Deepen the practice of valuing, respecting, and being kind toward yourself in every area of your life.
  • Directly address the aspects of your inner self and outer life that you’re struggling with.
  • Discuss the fears, insecurities, guilt, shame, reactive habits, and limiting thinking that are still holding you back.
  • Identify where and how you’re still rejecting your feelings, needs, dreams, and life purpose.
  • Attend to the healthy and unhealthy patterns of communication that have or have not been supportive.

And continue to learn practical skills to:

  • Forgive lingering anger, hurt, and regret.
  • Transform subtle forms of defensiveness, blame, and closed heartedness.
  • Go deeper into the practice of both meditation and Qi Gong – to experience deeper levels of peace, vitality, and inner freedom.
  • Further deconstruct thought patterns around conditional self-love, conditional happiness, and conditional peace.

Please review our current COVID-19 policy before visiting SMC. 

We invite you to read Blake’s most recent offering at the SMC Blog:  How to Be Yourself

Blake D. Bauer

Blake D. Bauer is the author of the international bestselling book You Were Not Born To Suffer. He has helped thousands of people around the world who could not find lasting solutions from conventional medicine, psychiatry, or religion. Blake has an extensive background in psychology, alternative medicine, nutrition, traditional healing, mindfulness meditation, and qi gong. Based on both his personal experience overcoming deep suffering, addiction, and adversity, as well as his professional work with over 100,000 people worldwide, his teachings integrate what he’s found to be the most effective approaches to optimal mental, emotional and physical health.

Program Details

Registration takes place from 2– 5 pm on your program start date. All participants and volunteer staff must check in at our Guest Registration house. Please arrive before 5 pm to check-in and settle into your accommodations. Your program begins with dinner, followed by an orientation. The Guest Registration house closes at 5 pm after which no one is available to provide information or orient you to your accommodations. All programs usually end at 12:30 pm on the program's departure date, followed by lunch. Further specifics regarding your program's schedule will be available upon arrival. If applicable, you will receive an email from the program coordinator in the week prior to your program with any additional information you may need.